Stephen Bates Communication Coordinator
Stephen was born and raised in Columbia, SC but spent quite a bit of time in Texas since most of his extended family hails from the DFW and Austin areas. He holds two music degrees, previously teaching middle and high school choir and also serving as church worship director for 8 years in Illinois. Most recently, he worked as a Genius for Apple, Inc. for 5 years.
Stephen and his husband Steven Janssen moved to Burleson in 2017 with their two school-age boys. They enjoy neighborhood bike rides, cooking together as a family, and snuggles and cuddles with their dogs. Stephen has a love for language learning and currently speaks intermediate Spanish and beginning Japanese. He loves tinkering with computers and other electronic devices and repairing and restoring them.
Stephen's passion for church work is rooted in the values of the New Testament, which promotes welcoming, including, and engaging all people, especially those who are marginalized or shunned by society and/or religious leaders. Stephen's job is to oversee the design of all printed and digital media at the church as well as event coordination and communication. He is excited for the continued growth of FUMC Burleson, its ministries, and its impact in the Burleson community.